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Another Eyewitness Testimony; Lesley Berchtold Tells About Her UVA APP Trial — She Is the Cure, Too!

The future of improved diabetes control is coming fast; it’s kinda like the small light at the end of the tunnel. The light is a freight train carrying the Artificial Pancreas Closed Loop solution currently being tested and in trials at the Center for Diabetes Technology at the University of Virginia and 4 other leading universities in the world.

Artificial Pancreas Mobile Technology

One of the possible “brains” that will safely power the Artificial Pancreas Closed Loop system via an ordinary “smart phone.” Once in use, the quality of life and health improvements will be amazing for Persons With Diabetes (PWD).

With Full Disclosure and Much Credit — Here is a recent Podcast done by my friend, Tony Rose, who is a veteran contributor to the Diabetes Online Community (DOC), a fellow PWD and someone I called when I was starting Werthecure.com  this year.

“In this episode of the Blogging Diabetes Podcast I talk to Lesley Berchtold about her history with diabetes and more recently, her in and out patient trial at UVA for the Artificial Pancreas. It was an eye opening interview that I certainly learned a lot from and appreciate Lesley talking about her experiences,” Tony blogged earlier this month.

If you’ve got feedback, comments on the APP or wish to “blog” about something in this space — let me know. It’s an open forum for Type 1 diabetes, research and clinical solutions and for the people who are living and thriving with this chronic disease. We R the Cure.

Next Month:  How to react positively to a bad A1c report.


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Zip the Cure: Buy A City Or Town For Only $50 And Donate To Type 1 D Research

This is a cool idea! Zip the Cure is a unique fundraising opportunity through JDRF for the ultimate reward: a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications. Originally created by 17-year-old Monica Oxenreiter from Pittsburgh, PA, Zip the Cure (ZTC) allows you to “sponsor” a zip code in the U.S. for just $50. The money goes to JDRF to fund type 1 diabetes research to cure, treat, and prevent T1D.

Here’s how it works:

• To sponsor a zip code go to zipthecure.com and use the search to find your zip code. If it’s already sponsored, you can choose another one close to you, or maybe the zip code of your child’s school; where you were born, or where your grandparents or relative lives. You can sponsor any zip code anywhere you desire!
• Each zip code costs $50 to sponsor. Imagine if we sponsored all the zip codes in the United States – that would be more than $2 million to support JDRF!
• There is no limit to the number of zip codes you can sponsor.
• You can name your sponsored zip code in honor of someone, in memory of a loved one or for yourself.
• You will “own” your zip code through the end of the calendar year. On January 1st, the map resets.

Let’s try and sponsor all the zip codes in our area. For any questions please visit zipthecure.com.

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Diabetes Hands Foundation Announces 2012 Recipients In Micro-Grant Program: Connect, Educate, Empower

Diabetes Hands Foundation Announces Winners Seeds Micro-Grant

DHF announced August 1 the nine innovative diabetes advocacy projects selected to receive DHF Seeds grant funding for 2012. Each of these projects, aimed at connecting, educating or empowering people touched by diabetes, will receive US$2000.

“Our goal is to support promising projects and help advocates through grants that assist them in taking their projects to the next level,” explains Manny Hernandez, president and founder of the Diabetes Hands Foundation. Here is a complete list of the recipients of the 2012 DHF Seeds grant.

Category: Connect

College Diabetes Network Chapter Toolkit

The College Diabetes Network (CDN)  is a student-led network aimed at empowering college students with Type 1 diabetes through peer support and access to information. CDN will use the grant to help build chapters faster and more effectivley on 45 campuses nationwide by publishing and distributing a hands-on chapter leadership toolkit.

World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange

Led by diabetes advocate, blogger, and art therapist Lee Ann Thill, the World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange marks World Diabetes Day (November 14th)  by coordinating the exchange of homemade postcards that promote healing through creativity, connection, and activism. The DHF Seeds grant will be used to underwrite the work and supplies needed to manage this international event.

You Can Do This Project

Created by diabetes advocate, blogger, and cartoonist Kim Vlasnik, You Can Do This has, to-date, broadcast videos from over 90 people. Each person tells his or her own diabetes story and encourages others living with diabetes that they too “Can Do This.” The DHF Seeds grant will be used to broaden participation in this ongoing online project that connects people touched by diabetes.

Category: Educate

Drinking with Diabetes
www.YDMV.net and www.theBetesNOW.com 

The Drinking with Diabetes guide is aimed at fostering healthful choices and a dialog about alcohol and diabetes between students and their families. This guide will discuss the health implications of drinking alcohol for college students living with diabetes. And it will help students make better choices. The DHF Seeds grant will be used to support the production and distribution of this guide.

LIFT – Levántate!

LIFT – Levántate! is focused on engaging low-income and at-risk youth and adults in managing diabetes with diet and exercise. The DHF Seeds grant will be used to extend bilingual family support for people with diabetes in low-income communities.

The Sweet Lowdown – Broom Street Theater

The Sweet Lowdown, a live theater production,  will use music and dance to demonstrate the science of how diabetes works and as a powerful way to educate people and destroy myths about diabetes. The DHF Seeds grant will be used to develop and produce this play at the nation’s oldest thriving experimental community theater—The Broom Street Theater in Madison, WI.

Category: Empower

Riding on Insulin, UK

Led by pro-snowboarder Sean Busby, who lives with Type 1 diabetes, Riding on Insulin camps teach snow skills and diabetes management to children and teens living with Type 1. The experience shows families that anything is possible—even with diabetes. The DHF Seeds grant will support conducting a Riding on Insulin camp at an indoor snow-site in London, expanding the reach of this successful camp program.

Rumor Mill

Rumor Mill will be a graphic novel aimed at inspiring and informing teens living with Type 1 diabetes. The plot explores how a teen can respond constructively when the very action he must take to maintain his health (i.e., injecting insulin) is misunderstood, mislabeled, and become grist for the rumor mill. The DHF Seeds grant will support the writing, production, and distribution of this graphic novel.


Developed by Ginger Vieira, a Certified ISSA Personal Trainer, Certified Cognitive Coach, and diabetes blogger, Sweat-Betes will be a series of exercise videos aimed at people living with diabetes. These videos, developed for people with beginner-to-intermediate levels of fitness, will present sound, medically-based instruction and information on how a person with diabetes can exercise safely. The DHF Seeds grant will support the production of this specialized  series of exercise videos.

You can view the submission videos for all of these funded projects at https://vimeo.com/channels/2012dhfseeds